By MITCHELL DALE
NAMBUCCA Heads Roosters recruit Murray Eames loves his footy and he loves a good time.
Sometimes the two haven't mixed and Eames' love of a party has occasionally landed him in hot water.
Like when he was sacked from the South Sydney Presidents Cup side by then first grade coach Allan Jones midway through the 1995 season because he 'used to get on the drink a bit much and partied up'.
But you get the feeling the laid-back 29-year-old isn't one to dwell on mistakes of the past.
After being cut from the Rabbitohs, Eames still managed to land on his feet, scoring a contract to play with French premier league club Rowanne for the 1998-1999 season.
"France was the best," Eames says with a broad grin.
"That was a great party place."
But there is more to Eames than just a party animal.
He had plenty of success as Albury captain-coach over the last two seasons, taking the club to an undefeated premiership in his first year and to the grand final in his second.
Now the affable forward is primed for a big year with the Roosters and hopes to lead them to the play-offs.
"It should be a good season, I'm looking forward to it," he said.
"Hopefully I'll be able to lead the forwards around the park a bit.
"There is a very good vibe at the club... we'll be looking at a top four finish."
Eames is also impressing those who matter at Coronation Park.
"He's looked pretty good so far, I think he will be a handy addition to the side," club president Rick Sambrooks enthused.
"His general knowledge will help, he'll cart the ball up for us and his defence is good."
Just like Coffs Harbour Comets recruit Bert Gray (featured in last Thursday's Coffs Coast Advocate) Eames is a football journeyman.
In fact, he's played at so many clubs he struggles to remember them all off the top of his head.
When asked for his footy background, Eames rattled off half a dozen clubs before hitting a problem.
"I can't remember them all, it's terrible isn't it," he says.
"I might have to ring mum, she'll know them all."
One thing is for sure, if the Roosters can live up to the early hype and reach the play-offs and beyond, Eames will be in for one massive party.